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This is a small group reader's theater is for 3 students. It is based on Aesop's tale. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the fable is "We would all be sorry if we got everything we wished for." In the script, An old man is on his way home with a bundle of sticks for firewood. He is so tired that he trips and all of his sticks scatter across the ground. Another stranger appears and he complains about how miserable his life is to the stranger. What he doesn’t know is that the stranger is Death who has heard him calling out often wishing that Death would take him. Death has decided to answer the call and gives the old man a chance to go early. The old man didn’t realize that Death had been listening and doesn’t really want to go. There is a writing assignment for the students to do at the bottom of the last page.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
An Old Man Meets Death - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop by Melanie Whitesides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.